Rhodora Ursua received her Master’s degree in Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a focus on Population Health.
Julie Waters joined Alameda Health Consortium as the Chief Policy & External Affairs Officer in August 2021. Prior to that, Julie was the State Political Director of the University of California’s largest employee union.
In her role as State Political Director of AFSCME 3299, Julie sponsored and lobbied state legislation to fight workplace discrimination, reform the criminal justice system and improve the quality of life of her members. Additionally, she led the organizations political program to support and re-elect Democratic candidates to political office and oversaw the AFSCME 3299 PAC.
Julie was born in Berkeley to an African American father and Mexican American mother and raised in East Oakland. Her parents, both workers at U.C. Berkeley’s Lawrence National Laboratory, instilled the value of hard work and service to her community at a very young age and those lessons have guided her lifelong commitment to public service. Julie has served in legislative and community affairs roles at AC Transit, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the Offices of Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and Congresswoman Barbara Lee. She has also held health disparity research roles at the California Black Health Network and the University of California, San Francisco.
She currently serves as an elected member and Vice-Chair of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee (AD-15) and in 2019 was appointed to serve as Lead Chair of the Voter Services Committee of the California Democratic Party. She is a proud graduate of San Diego State University, Emerge California, Leadership East Bay and in her free-time volunteers in her local community as a member of the Alameda Contra Costa Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.
Dan Clanon – HIV ACCESS Patient-Centered Medical Home IT Systems Specialist
Dan Clanon has been helping HIV ACCESS clinics implement and maintain electronic health records (EHR) since 2002.
He is currently working on a Patient Centered Medical Home demonstration project at the same ACCESS clinics, and will be helping to allow EHRs to support panel management at those programs. Dan has a Bachelor’s in marine biology from the University of California Santa Cruz and has worked as an IT support professional since 1997.
Megan Crowley – HIV ACCESS Patient-Centered Medical Home Project Coordinator
Megan Crowley joined the Consortium as the HIV ACCESS PCMH Project Coordinator in May 2012.
Most recently, she was the Program Coordinator for the Partnership for Family Health, a consortium of clinics providing HIV Primary Care and supportive services to women, youth, and children in Northern Manhattan, New York City. Megan’s experience also includes working at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, César E. Chávez Institute, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She received her Masters of Public Health in 2008 from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, focusing on Sexuality and Health.
Janae Hawkins – Administrative Assistant
Janae Hawkins joined Alameda Health Consortium in 2020 as the Administrative Assistant.
She received her B.S in Health Science from California State University, East Bay. Before joining Alameda Health Consortium as a full-time staff, she spent time as the 2019 summer Policy and Advocacy intern. Janae is passionate about accessible and affordable health care for all. Currently, Janae is working towards her Masters in Community Medicine.
Hilda Ochoa – Executive Assistant/Projects Manager
Jody Sahota – Advocacy & Communications Manager
Jody is the Advocacy and Communications Manager at Alameda Health Consortium.
Jody brings over a decade of experience in advocacy at the federal level during her work with California Humanities, a state-wide nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Jody holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Toronto and has done post-graduate work in English Literature, also at the University of Toronto. Jody has always had a passion for advocating for causes she believes in and has worked at the local level on many political campaigns as well as advocating for social justice.
Afomeia Tesfai – Associate Director of Policy
Afomeia Tesfai joined Alameda Health Consortium as the Associate Director of Policy in 2020.
Afomeia is an experienced public health professional grounded in anti-racist framework to mobilize and build communities to have agency and remove barriers to access of care. Most recently, prior to coming to Alameda Health Consortium, she was the Director of Policy & Partnership at the Center for Youth Wellness, which was at the forefront of the campaign to implement a statewide trauma screening program. Prior to that, Afomeia was at Urban Habitat, Human Impact Partners, Seattle Children’s Center for Diversity & Health, and King County Public Health Department. Afomeia received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington, and is a native of the Seattle Area and has called Oakland home for the past six years.
Carolina Wong – Project Coordinator, Eligibility & Enrollment
Carolina joined Alameda Health Consortium as Project Coordinator for the Eligibility and Enrollment Department in 2020.
Carolina graduated from California State University, East Bay with a major in Spanish Language and Literature, and a minor in International Studies. Prior to Alameda Health Consortium, Carolina worked for La Clinica de La Raza for 9+ years, the first five years as the Front Desk Clerk and as a Human Service Specialist for the latter four years.
Carolina assisted patients in enrolling in Covered California, HealthPAC, and through active outreach to Medi-Cal, and CalFresh. Carolina brings not just experience in enrollment but a passion for working with our underserved community members and with patients from all backgrounds to ensure that they have access to quality healthcare. Carolina understands and appreciates the importance of educating our patients on accessibility to public health coverage programs.